Peace Out, Jaws Orlando

Peace Out, Jaws Orlando

Post by GodsOnSafar » Sun, 04 Dec 2011 01:51:47


You kinda sucked and took up a lot of room, so now you're going bye-
bye. I'm sure some dudes and dudettes will catch feelings about an
attraction no one really rode anymore and looked hella old compared to
what surrounds it now, but yeah. We gon' miss u, G.
 
 
 

Peace Out, Jaws Orlando

Post by David H.--REMOVE » Sun, 04 Dec 2011 02:16:31

On Fri, 2 Dec 2011 08:51:47 -0800 (PST), GodsOnSafari

Quote:

>You kinda sucked and took up a lot of room, so now you're going bye-
>bye. I'm sure some dudes and dudettes will catch feelings about an
>attraction no one really rode anymore and looked hella old compared to
>what surrounds it now, but yeah. We gon' miss u, G.

Didn't it still get huge lines?  That's what people have been saying on
other boards.

 "With the first link, a chain is forged.  The first speech censured,
 the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us
 all irrevocably."  -Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
                     "The Drumhead", _Star Trek: The Next Generation_

 
 
 

Peace Out, Jaws Orlando

Post by GodsOnSafar » Sun, 04 Dec 2011 02:32:42

On Dec 2, 12:16?pm, "David H.--REMOVE \"STOPSPAM\" to reply"

Quote:

> On Fri, 2 Dec 2011 08:51:47 -0800 (PST), GodsOnSafari


> >You kinda sucked and took up a lot of room, so now you're going bye-
> >bye. I'm sure some dudes and dudettes will catch feelings about an
> >attraction no one really rode anymore and looked hella old compared to
> >what surrounds it now, but yeah. We gon' miss u, G.

> Didn't it still get huge lines? ?That's what people have been saying on
> other boards.

I was there this weekend: Disaster had a 25-30 minute line, Men In
Black 20-30, Simpsons the same, RRR upwards of 45. Jaws: 5-10. All the
time.

 
 
 

Peace Out, Jaws Orlando

Post by Mark Rosenzwei » Sun, 04 Dec 2011 03:12:25


Quote:
> You kinda sucked and took up a lot of room, so now you're going bye-
> bye. I'm sure some dudes and dudettes will catch feelings about an
> attraction no one really rode anymore and looked hella old compared to
> what surrounds it now, but yeah. We gon' miss u, G.

Jaws has to cost a ton to operate (in a Jungle Cruise kind of way with
a cast member needed on each boat, groupers, etc.).

I'm honestly surprised ET has outlasted it, and I really hope it never
goes away (as it will now be the last iconic attraction left from the
early days).  Doesn't seem like there is much "riding the movies" left
at Universal Studios Florida.

 
 
 

Peace Out, Jaws Orlando

Post by GodsOnSafar » Sun, 04 Dec 2011 04:11:38

Quote:
> Jaws has to cost a ton to operate (in a Jungle Cruise kind of way with
> a cast member needed on each boat, groupers, etc.).

> I'm honestly surprised ET has outlasted it, and I really hope it never
> goes away (as it will now be the last iconic attraction left from the
> early days). ?Doesn't seem like there is much "riding the movies" left
> at Universal Studios Florida.

It doesn't really bother me though. For the most part, the IPs
involved don't age well and require significant reinvestment over the
years. Its one thing to have rides based on animated films like Disney
does where the actors infolved never age or die. But when you have
ones based on live actors who do get old and the ride can't be
updated....well, that's a different deal in my mind. For the most
part, they've been doing a good job - Simpsons is a vast improvement
over Back to the Future, Disaster is a great re-do of Earthquake
(which wasn't ride specific anyways), Shrek and Dispicable Me coming
in, etc. To me, it feels like some of the complaints come from older
people used to those IPs; like the amu***t park version of yelling
at kids to get off the lawn.
 
 
 

Peace Out, Jaws Orlando

Post by rikp1.. » Sun, 04 Dec 2011 04:15:37

They didn't take this video's advice?  Everyone loves laser beams...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWhaOFZbZcc&feature=related

Rik

 
 
 

Peace Out, Jaws Orlando

Post by Theme Park Revie » Sun, 04 Dec 2011 06:50:33

On Dec 2, 12:16?pm, "David H.--REMOVE \"STOPSPAM\" to reply"

Quote:

> Didn't it still get huge lines? ?That's what people have been saying on
> other boards.

Jaws on "average" gets about 15-20 in the off-season, and about 30-45
in the summer.

Quote:
> I was there this weekend: Disaster had a 25-30 minute line, Men In
> Black 20-30, Simpsons the same, RRR upwards of 45. Jaws: 5-10. All the
> time.

Alan - don't forget though that Jaws in one of the highest capacity
rides at the entire resort.  There are only a couple of rides that
pull over 2,000PPH, with Jaws being one of them.  It still does pretty
decent clicks through the turnstiles.  You'd be surprised.  Keep in
mind, it's one of the only rides at Universal that doesn't have a
height restriction.  That's a huge plus for it.
 
 
 

Peace Out, Jaws Orlando

Post by Andrew Brawle » Sun, 04 Dec 2011 07:04:17

Quote:

>You kinda sucked and took up a lot of room, so now you're going bye-
>bye. I'm sure some dudes and dudettes will catch feelings about an
>attraction no one really rode anymore and looked hella old compared to
>what surrounds it now, but yeah. We gon' miss u, G.

Maybe people just think that it's old, and stupid.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gRS9NnWP2w

 
 
 

Peace Out, Jaws Orlando

Post by GodsOnSafar » Sun, 04 Dec 2011 07:26:00

Quote:
> Alan - don't forget though that Jaws in one of the highest capacity
> rides at the entire resort. ?There are only a couple of rides that
> pull over 2,000PPH, with Jaws being one of them. ?It still does pretty
> decent clicks through the turnstiles. ?You'd be surprised. ?Keep in
> mind, it's one of the only rides at Universal that doesn't have a
> height restriction. ?That's a huge plus for it.

I'm sure it does pretty OK compared to the rest of the park. On the
other hand, that doesn't change my opinion that I have no attachment
to it and don't care if it goes (and if it is being replaced with
something awesome, would prefer it shuffle off the mortal coil). Its
not even so bad its great. If I want pure camp with a Jaws motif, I'm
pretty sure Hollywood Movie Tour at Phantasialand is still running.
 
 
 

Peace Out, Jaws Orlando

Post by Surf Dance Chri » Sun, 04 Dec 2011 07:34:34


Quote:

> >You kinda sucked and took up a lot of room, so now you're going bye-
> >bye. I'm sure some dudes and dudettes will catch feelings about an
> >attraction no one really rode anymore and looked hella old compared to
> >what surrounds it now, but yeah. We gon' miss u, G.

> Maybe people just think that it's old, and stupid.

> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gRS9NnWP2w

I has to say I am one of those people who love the ride and am sad to
see it go. it is a true classic ride that defined the Universal park
along with Kong, ET, Back To the Future and Earthquake. Jaws is
underappreciated, had a cool ride system with amazing effects that had
to reset every minute or so. Truly amazing, especially back in the
early '90s and underappreciated today. Quite a show ride indeed,
adding the actors to the mix.

And seeing the fire effect across the water, especially at night, is
quite a sight. As much as I love Halloween Horror Nights, I would
always take time to ride Jaws for the nighttime fire effect during the
event (I always have a frequent fear pass and can afford the time away
from the houses/shows). That's how cool it is.

A 5-10 minute wait for Jaws on any kind of non-dead day is very
atypical. Jaws many times has the longest line in the park. As far as
no one ever riding it, I know it was ALWAYS a must do for me.

I'm guessing this will be the site of the new Transformers ride/land
most likely?

 
 
 

Peace Out, Jaws Orlando

Post by GodsOnSafar » Sun, 04 Dec 2011 07:30:16


Quote:

> >You kinda sucked and took up a lot of room, so now you're going bye-
> >bye. I'm sure some dudes and dudettes will catch feelings about an
> >attraction no one really rode anymore and looked hella old compared to
> >what surrounds it now, but yeah. We gon' miss u, G.

> Maybe people just think that it's old, and stupid.

> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gRS9NnWP2w

That is EPIC.
 
 
 

Peace Out, Jaws Orlando

Post by GodsOnSafar » Sun, 04 Dec 2011 07:54:45

Quote:
> I has to say I am one of those people who love the ride and am sad to
> see it go. it is a true classic ride that defined the Universal park
> along with Kong, ET, Back To the Future and Earthquake. Jaws is
> underappreciated, had a cool ride system with amazing effects that had
> to reset every minute or so. Truly amazing, especially back in the
> early '90s and underappreciated today. Quite a show ride indeed,
> adding the actors to the mix.

> And seeing the fire effect across the water, especially at night, is
> quite a sight. As much as I love Halloween Horror Nights, I would
> always take time to ride Jaws for the nighttime fire effect during the
> event (I always have a frequent fear pass and can afford the time away
> from the houses/shows). That's how cool it is.

> A 5-10 minute wait for Jaws on any kind of non-dead day is very
> atypical. Jaws many times has the longest line in the park. As far as
> no one ever riding it, I know it was ALWAYS a must do for me.

> I'm guessing this will be the site of the new Transformers ride/land
> most likely?

The talk has been all sorts of things, but Orlando Attractions was
rumoring that its going to be an extension of Harry Potter and that
part of it will be a train between the two gated parks. If its done to
the same standard as the IOA area, I'm perfectly OK with that,
especially depending on what exactly the train does (I'd expect
something more interesting than a CP Huntington given who has to sign
off) and what the surrounds are like.

I can see where people are coming from saying that this is comparable
to Magic Kingdom removing Pirates in that it is such a historical
component of the "classic" Universal. If there's anything that should
be re-inforced, its that Universal doesn't believe they can use the
cache of timeless stories to draw people with the same ride forever. I
wish Disney would realize the same things with many of their way, way
tired attractions at their Studios parks.

 
 
 

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Post by BaSSiStiS » Sun, 04 Dec 2011 07:45:55


Quote:
> Maybe people just think that it's old, and stupid.

> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gRS9NnWP2w

OMG, that was AMAZING.
 
 
 

Peace Out, Jaws Orlando

Post by Mark Rosenzwei » Sun, 04 Dec 2011 09:12:06


Quote:
> On Dec 2, 12:16?pm, "David H.--REMOVE \"STOPSPAM\" to reply"


> > Didn't it still get huge lines? ?That's what people have been saying on
> > other boards.

> Jaws on "average" gets about 15-20 in the off-season, and about 30-45
> in the summer.

> > I was there this weekend: Disaster had a 25-30 minute line, Men In
> > Black 20-30, Simpsons the same, RRR upwards of 45. Jaws: 5-10. All the
> > time.

> Alan - don't forget though that Jaws in one of the highest capacity
> rides at the entire resort. ?There are only a couple of rides that
> pull over 2,000PPH, with Jaws being one of them. ?It still does pretty
> decent clicks through the turnstiles. ?You'd be surprised. ?Keep in
> mind, it's one of the only rides at Universal that doesn't have a
> height restriction. ?That's a huge plus for it.

Thank you for mentioning the elephant in the room.  Nearly every major
attraction added to Universal has height restriction.  I guess it
wouldn't be as glaring of an issue if the two parks had more of a
variety of attractions for everyone to ride together.  Taking WDW as a
whole, they have a grand total of 11 attractions through all 4 theme
parks that have any kind of height restriction (I'm sure I'm missing 1
or 2, but still, that offers a *LOT* for the younger/toddler set to
experience.  And even though they may be too young to know what is
going on, it saves the group they are with the inconvenience of
splitting up to ensure the younger guest(s) are watched after.

Space Mountain (44")
Splash Mountain (40")
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (40")
Test Track (40")
Mission Space (44")
Soarin' (40")
R&RC (48")
Tower (40")
Expedition Everest (44")
Dinosaur (40")
Kali River Rapids (42")

 
 
 

Peace Out, Jaws Orlando

Post by Surf Dance Chri » Sun, 04 Dec 2011 10:06:07


Quote:

> > On Dec 2, 12:16?pm, "David H.--REMOVE \"STOPSPAM\" to reply"


> > > Didn't it still get huge lines? ?That's what people have been saying on
> > > other boards.

> > Jaws on "average" gets about 15-20 in the off-season, and about 30-45
> > in the summer.

> > > I was there this weekend: Disaster had a 25-30 minute line, Men In
> > > Black 20-30, Simpsons the same, RRR upwards of 45. Jaws: 5-10. All the
> > > time.

> > Alan - don't forget though that Jaws in one of the highest capacity
> > rides at the entire resort. ?There are only a couple of rides that
> > pull over 2,000PPH, with Jaws being one of them. ?It still does pretty
> > decent clicks through the turnstiles. ?You'd be surprised. ?Keep in
> > mind, it's one of the only rides at Universal that doesn't have a
> > height restriction. ?That's a huge plus for it.

> Thank you for mentioning the elephant in the room. ?Nearly every major
> attraction added to Universal has height restriction. ?I guess it
> wouldn't be as glaring of an issue if the two parks had more of a
> variety of attractions for everyone to ride together. ?Taking WDW as a
> whole, they have a grand total of 11 attractions through all 4 theme
> parks that have any kind of height restriction (I'm sure I'm missing 1
> or 2, but still, that offers a *LOT* for the younger/toddler set to
> experience. ?And even though they may be too young to know what is
> going on, it saves the group they are with the inconvenience of
> splitting up to ensure the younger guest(s) are watched after.

> Space Mountain (44")
> Splash Mountain (40")
> Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (40")
> Test Track (40")
> Mission Space (44")
> Soarin' (40")
> R&RC (48")
> Tower (40")
> Expedition Everest (44")
> Dinosaur (40")
> Kali River Rapids (42")

This is one of Universal's issues, I believe. During its early years,
Universal had no height requirements other than Back To the Future
(Which was only a measly 40", too), and Hannah Barbera, which also
offered stationary seating for all guests.

With Jaws soon to be gone, Disaster and E.T. will be the only
remaining ride systems at USF with no height requirements. Like you
said, everything added beginning with Woody Woodpecker's Nuthouse
Coaster in '99 has had a height requirement. Universal WAS very much a
family park originally, but now is more and more like Islands Of
Adventure (of which almost everything has had a height requirement
from the start).